Georgia CORE leads statewide advocacy efforts to promote equity in cancer care, funding and policy. Though specific legislation we follow may change from year to year, one very important issue we're always advocating for is the Designation of additional Tobacco Settlement Funds for cancer care and research.
- In 1998, Georgia entered into a settlement agreement with tobacco manufacturers that provided for annual payments to the State in perpetuity, the intent of which was to help states address and prevent the harmful health effects of tobacco use.
- In 2001, Georgia dedicated 27% of its tobacco settlement funds to cancer-specific activities.
- In 2019, Georgia dedicated only 9% to cancer-specific activities.
We respectfully request that more of these funds be designated for screening Georgians for lung, colorectal, breast, prostate, and cervical cancer.
Georgia CORE also follows legislation in the U.S. Congress and communicates with Georgia’s congressional delegation about issues impacting cancer research funding, Medicare and Medicaid coverage for cancer treatments, and healthcare policy effecting cancer patients and survivors.
CAN you spend some time advocating for cancer patients and survivors?
Together with our Georgia Cancer Control Consortium (GC3) partners, Georgia CORE has formed the Georgia Cancer Control Advocacy Network (GCCAN) of survivors and others who care deeply about cancer prevention and early detection for all Georgians. GCCAN is made up of people willing to contact elected officials -- the Governor, your local Congressperson or legislator, etc. -- when there is a need for support for cancer control or survivorship initiatives.
Find out more and how you can join.>>
Last Updated: 3/31/2022 2:58:23 PM